Instructions for Applying to Millikin as an International Student

Apply to Millikin as an international student for our undergraduate degree programs,  and graduate degree programs.

You must complete, sign, and return the Application for Admission with all supporting documents which must be received at least three months prior to the term for which admission is desired. If you are coming on an exchange program or through one of Millikin's international partner schools, please contact your international office before applying. It is important to note that your application must be complete before it will be processed. Please use a courier service (and keep your tracking number) to send your supporting documents to:

Millikin University
International Recruitment Office
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522 USA


To be considered for admission to Millikin, your application and ALL supporting documents must be received by the Application Deadline Schedule.

  • Fall Admission Application Deadline = June 1
  • Spring Admission Application Deadline = November 1
  • Special Immersion and Summer Admission = Please contact the International Office.


  • Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recomendation
  • Certification of Finances
  • Passport
  • ACT/SAT (optional)
  • GRE/GMAT (Graduate only)
  • Interview (Graduate only)

For additional details about the required criteria click on the Admission Criteria tab above.

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International Admission Criteria

Academic Records

Your application must be supported by official academic credentials. These include mark sheets, grade reports, or transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary work you completed. Documents must be original, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar, or designated official, or each photocopy submitted must bear an original certification and original ink signature of the registrar or designated official. If the original academic document is not recorded in English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation that is a literal and complete interpretation of the original document.


You must submit:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, either in English or with an English translation, with your Application for Admission. One letter should be from your guidance counselor or headmaster and one from a teacher who knows you well.
  • A one-page statement that describes your educational background, plans and objectives at Millikin, and your career goals must be submitted with the Application for Admission.

Certificates of Finances

Certificate of Finances must be completed before the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) is issued. The University is required by immigration authorities to carefully check financial resources of each student prior to issuing Form I-20.

Therefore, it is important that you:

  • Know the costs of attending the University and have the necessary support funds for the entire period of enrollment.
  • Have a Confidential Financial Statement form must be completed, signed by the sponsor, and must bear an official stamp and signature of the bank official. Before you complete the Confidential Financial Statement:
    • Review the estimate of institutional costs and living expenses
    • List the total amount of funds available to the student for each year.
    • All questions on the financial statement must be accurately answered to avoid unnecessary delay in processing.
    • If receiving a scholarship, grant or loan, you must submit a signed copy of the award letter or signed affidavit from an authorized person, indicating degree objective and the amount and duration of the funding.

English Proficiency

Regardless of citizenship, applicants whose first language is not English must generally take one of the following exams and achieve the indicated scores in order to demonstrate English proficiency. During the admission process, we assess your English language level, and recommend the best pathway to your preferred degree.

Millikin's entry requirements :

  Direct Admission Transition Admission Graduate Admission
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (no band less than 5) 5.5 (no band less than 5) 6.5 IELTS
TOEFL (Paper based) 540 (TWE 4.0) 500 550 TOEFL (PBT)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - iBT) Overall score of 76 Overall score of 61 Overall score of 79

Conditional Admission and the English Language Center
The Millikin University English Language Center (ELC) was designed for students whose English language skills need improvement. It is a 4-level transition program that prepares international students for programs at Millikin University. All ELC students have been conditionally admitted to Millikin.

Placement and Levels
Students take the ELC Placement Test when they arrive to determine their level:
Level 1: Foundations
Level 2: Intermediate 1
Level 3: Intermediate 2
Level 4: Millikin Bridge *Students at this level begin earning Millikin degree credits and take ELC classes

Preparation Checklist

Please use the checklist below to review items you will need to complete your application packet.

  • Completed Online Application
  • Demonstrated English proficiency
  • Official transcript and certified English translations (if applicable)
  • Official copy of secondary school diploma (if available)
  • Photocopy of passport page(s) showing name, date of birth, passport number and expiration date
  • Personal Statement: Attach a one-page essay in your own handwriting, commenting on your background, your educational objectives at Millikin University and your career goal(s)
  • Financial Plans: Plans for financing your study at Millikin
  • Scholarships: If you already have confirmation that you will be getting a scholarship, please attach official documentation from your funding organization, including duration of scholarship, expenses covered by scholarship (e.g., tuition fees, room and board…) and details of any restrictions on study.
  • Certified (English) course descriptions, documented hours of instruction, and an official transcript

After You've Applied

  1. We check to ensure that your Application form and supporting documents are complete and contact you with any questions. You will receive an email to confirm we have received your application.
  2. We assess your English language level and recommend the best pathway to your preferred degree.
  3. The Millikin Office of Admission will review your academic qualifications.
  4. Academic-based scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $2,500 - $25,000 per year. Applicants are considered automatically upon acceptance to Millikin University.
  5. If your application is approved for admission to the University, we will send you a formal University Acceptance Letter within approximately three weeks.
  6. You must pay a $150 deposit* to confirm your acceptance (*The deposit is non-refundable).
  7. You must send a CONFIRMATION OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES. International applicants must submit a Confirmation of Financial Resources form (sample financial statement) in the amount indicated on your acceptance letter, which is an estimate of the annual tuition, educational and living expenses for an academic year. We will accept an original government or company letter of sponsorship in lieu of the Confirmation of Financial Resources.
  8. We will release your I-20 Immigration document.
  9. You then need to apply for a Student Visa.
  10. One month before the start of the semester, you must pay your remaining fees (either in full or your first installment).
  11. Before your program starts, we will ask you to complete pre-arrival documents (medical, flight details etc).
  12. When you arrive in the U.S., you will be met at the airport and taken to Millikin University.
  13. All students auditioning for Musical Theatre will also be considered for the BFA Acting program. Specific guidelines detailing pre-screen requirements may be found on the Millikin University GetAcceptd page.

Please feel free to send an email to or call us at +1.217.424.6340 if you need any help or if you have questions.